Author Archives: Steve Shackleford

Steve Shackleford

About Steve Shackleford

Steve Shackleford is the editor of BLADE.

Feds Ban Trade of Elephant Ivory

Except in “a very limited number of circumstances,” the federal government has announced a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory, according to a report from the office of the secretary of The White House. How the ban will affect existing knives with handles of elephant and fossil ivory and existing supplies of...

EX-03: More Than Just Another Black Handle Tactical

Sometimes it’s easy to denigrate the many black-handle tactical folders on the market, but Hogue Knives’ approach to the grip material for its EX-03 sheds new light on black. The handle material for the EX-03 is a polymer known as Polyphenylene Sulfide. The trade name is PPS. “This material was selected for its high-tensile...

SHOT Show: The Anniversary Edition

The new knives, sharpeners and knife-related accessories for 2014 were the order of the week at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It also was the scene of several companies announcing anniversaries in 2014, including: Boker (145th); Case and Ontario (125th); Gerber (75th); Buck’s 110 folding hunter (50th); Kershaw and Frost Cutlery (40th);...

New BLADE® Hits Newsstands TODAY!

The “Shoreline” kick-stop flipper by Lee Williams jumps off the cover of the new BLADE®, on most newsstands TODAY! Need your quarterly fix on the hottest custom knives of the hottest custom makers? Let the industry pros clue you in on page 12. If you’re into knife performance, see how two skinners stack up...

Elvis and the Gil Hibben Knife

What better day to celebrate the custom knife BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Gil Hibben presented to Elvis Presley than on The King’s birthday? Today is Presley’s birthday and a reminder of when Hibben and Phil Lobred, coordinator of the Art Knife Invitational, visited Presley 40 years ago. It was also when Hibben presented...

New BLADE® On Newsstands Now!

Get the lowdown on the latest knife hotbed of Russia in the new BLADE®—on newsstands NOW! Sporting the Hati flipper folder by Russia’s hot knifemaking brother team of Sergei and Igor Shirogorov on the cover, the March BLADE features the headline story on the explosion of all things knife in Mother Russia. From the...

Today is Deadline to Stop Proposed Ivory Ban

An all-inclusive ivory ban that would target ancient ivory such as mammoth and mastodon in addition to elephant ivory likely will pass without your help by the end of day today, Dec. 27. A Presidential Advisory Committee that met on Dec. 16 recommends a total ban of ivory within the USA to the task...